Sunday, 20 October 2013

Issues In Leadership ” The Yahoo Context”


Leadership, what is leadership? According to Merriam Webster dictionary
noun \ˈlē-dər-ˌship\
: a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc.
: the time when a person holds the position of leader
: the power or ability to lead other people
Wikipedia describes Leadership as "a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task"
Leadership challenges vary by organization, but many of the most common have to do with motivating, encouraging, and effectively managing people. This is particularly true in business settings, where employees must learn to work together in order for a company to be profitable. So-called “good” leadership is often a lot easier to describe than to actually implement. Many of the most common leadership challenges arise when leaders are either unaware of common pitfalls, or are inattentive to developing problems.
10 of the most common leadership problems
1. Lack of Feedback
2. Not Making Time for Your Team
3. Being Too "Hands-Off"
4. Being Too Friendly
5. Failing to Define Goals
6. Lack of Motivation
7. Hurrying Recruitment
8. Not "Walking the Walk"
9. Not Delegating
10. Misunderstanding Your Role
Once you become a leader or manager, your responsibilities are very different from those you had before.
However, it's easy to forget that your job has changed, and that you now have to use a different set of skills to be effective. This leads to you not doing what you've been hired to do – leading and managing. Leadership as a position of influence do carry with it a tonne of responsibilities and in the process of executing these responsibilities to the better gain of the organization, different issues arise and can affect the progress of the organization even though this is not the aim of the leader or leaders of the organization. Take for instance Yahoo over the years has experienced changes in leadership.
Chief Executive Officers
• Marissa Mayer (2012–)
• Ross Levinsohn Interim (2012)
• Scott Thompson (2012)
• Tim Morse Interim (2011–2012)
• Carol Bartz (2009–2011)
• Jerry Yang (2007–2009)
• Terry Semel (2001–2007)
• Timothy Koogle (1995–2001
A leadership issue worthy of note in the case of Yahoo is current CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision that Yahoo’s 14,500 employees have to drive into work every day — otherwise they could be fired. “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side,” Mayer wrote. A leaked copy of a Yahoo memo from its head of Human Resources, Jackie Reses, that proclaimed, “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.” She argues that in-person meetings boost the quality of decisions and business ideas. As she wrote, “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.”
And telecommuting slows down Yahoo and cuts into the quality of its services. According to Reses, “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” These moves sent ripples throughout the web with some in favor of the decision and others against it .
There have been a number of news reports suggesting that Yahoo employees exploited the company’s work at home policy, which might explain why the company is in the situation that it’s in. If that’s the case, you can understand that Mayer is looking for a solution. Looking at the trend of Yahoo changing it’s CEO has perhaps put Mayer on a lot of pressure to deliver and this tends to lead to disaster as critical thinking is sometimes pushed to the background and drastic decisions are made without looking at the long term goal and bigger picture.

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